The Real Deal?

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

What is genuine Savon de Marseille?

The humble Marseille soap cube holds an important place in the cultural and industrial heritage of Provence. Better known as Savon de Marseille, it's been manufactured in France’s oldest city for over 600 years, using a traditional process, and by combining only natural organic ingredients. Indeed a law decreed in 1688 stipulated the strict methods which must be employed before the soap can be classed as Savon de Marseille.

Why is it so Highly Prized?

Containing only natural vegetable oils, a minimum of which must be 72% Olive oil, Savon de Marseille is moisturising and nourishing, pH neutral, without additives, hypoallergenic, naturally biodegradable and ecologically-friendly.

Grated, shredded or blended, Savon de Marseille can be used in a variety of ways around the house and has been the workhorse of French kitchens, laundry rooms and greenhouses for centuries. It's also very economical, because you can use this soap for 2 to 3 months, and its pure and gentle characteristics are renowned the world over for soothing even the most sensitive skin and even recommended by dermatologists.

Beware the Pretender.

Unfortunately however, in recent years due to its popularity, there has been a marked increase in the appearance of look-alike soaps which don't contain the same benefits. Similar in appearance, and even bearing the Savon de Marseille name and stamp, many of these counterfeit products are being been made in countries such as Malaysia, China and Taiwan. Most use artificial additives such as fragrance or colourants, meaning they aren’t actually 100% organic, and in fact many are made from palm oil, or even worse - animal fat.

Why is this happening?